CCBC – A Path to College

Creating an Innovative Curriculum that Allows for Early Academic Success and Stronger Retention


The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is the largest community college in Maryland, serving 30,000 credit students—many of whom are first-time, full-time college students. CCBC aimed to improve its fall-to-fall retention rate for developmental students (55 percent in fall 2015), and to provide additional opportunities for its students to transfer to a four-year institution.


Many students, however, struggle with completing their developmental requirements. And Baltimore City students, in particular, face challenges that are substantially different from those of other students. For example, Pell Grant eligibility, academic remediation needs, and family support circumstances all vary widely.


So CCBC joined forces with BridgeEdU to support an innovative and flexible academic program with a focus on English and mathematics curricula. All of the Baltimore City students entering CCBC needed developmental English credits, and 95 percent required developmental math credits.

How It Works


With targeted support and personalized coaching, each scholar’s pursuit of academic success was enhanced. As a result, an average of 64 percent of Baltimore City students met their English developmental requirement and passed the English gateway course, and 52 percent met their developmental math requirement and passed the math gateway course. The national averages are 25 percent for English and 5 percent for math.


CCBC students in the BridgeEdU program have the opportunity to transfer directly into Coppin State University, thanks to a unique partnership between the three organizations. Specifically, students who pass their developmental courses with a 2.0 GPA and earn 15 credits in college-level coursework may enroll at Coppin State University for the subsequent school year.

Results and Outcomes


CCBC students who participated in the BridgeEdU program had an average fall-to-fall retention rate of 60 percent. On average, students earned 15 credits during their tenure with a median GPA of 2.33.


Generally, students took three different paths for their second year of college:


  • 32 percent enrolled at Coppin State University;
  • 16 percent transferred to other institutions (two- and four-year colleges); and
  • 19 percent continued at CCBC.


Also, Coppin’s first-year student pipeline increased due to the influx of Coppin/Bridge Scholars who were in good academic standing and ready for college-level courses. Coppin found the program to be a good source of qualified and motivated students who are far more likely to stay and graduate.

Case Studies

The Mayor’s Scholars Program (MSP) is a College Promise Initiative offering scholarships for high school students to attend Baltimore City Community College.

Grads2Careers helps Baltimore City graduates enter free job training and find employment in careers of interest.

For Coppin State, the BridgeEdU program is a new source of qualified and motivated students that are far more likely to stay and graduate.

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